Author: Beckafer de Faux

I’m non-binary and I’m valid

This past December, I decided to come out as genderfluid – an identity on the transgender spectrum that falls under the non-binary category. I was terrified, because I know how common it is for people to lose family and friends over their gender identities, and how prejudice against the transgender spectrum often leads to discrimination and violence. Since then, friends and colleagues have asked me multitudes of questions, often admitting they had never heard of genderfluid or other non-binary identities. The most common question was “why do you want to be a different gender?” For me, it wasn’t a...

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Arts Preview

With all the big changes happening in our country, most of us could use a little fun and self-care. Here we’ve compiled a (by no means comprehensive) list of events, workshops and performances happening on and off campus this week to help you maintain your sanity. Feb. 6 the Center for the Advancement of Leadership will be hosting a “Master Minds” lecture from 4-5:30 p.m. in SC 206A-C. This lecture series brings “highly successful professionals” to campus to discuss the best leadership practices with students. Feb. 7 there will be an Interreligious Faith forum in the reflection room from 2:30 – 4 p.m. The faith forum focuses on understanding the similarities and differences of different cultures and the importance of respecting and acknowledging other people’s beliefs. Feb. 8 four of UVU’s choirs – the chamber, men’s, women’s and concert choirs – will be performing a Spring Showcase at 7:30 p.m. inside St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Orem. The song selection will “span numerous worship traditions and multiple centuries.” Tickets can be bought through the UVU arts page for $5 – $10. Feb. 9 psychfolk singer-songwriter from Des Moines, Iowa, called Extravision will be headlining a show at Velour at 7:30 p.m. His slow, hypnotic songs are laden with themes of existentialism and poetic lyrics. Also performing will be Nicholas Naoti and Robots Ate my Garden. Feb. 10...

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Keeping up with the Warhols: a preview of the arts

As the semester comes into full swing, the monotony of academic life may leave you feeling like banging your brain against your desk. But fear not, fellow students, for here we have a (by no means comprehensive) list of activities, workshops and performances happening on and off campus this week: Monday, Jan. 30, the International student council (ISC) is hosting a Chinese New Year celebration featuring cultural food, performances and games in the Grande Ballroom from 6-8:30 p.m. According to Steven Zhang, ISC committee member, the event will be a “great” representation of old traditions. Tuesday, Jan. 31, students are invited to join Dr. Anton Tolman for the “Conversations with UVU authors” workshop in LI 421 from 1-2 p.m. He will be speaking on his book “Why Students Resist Learning: A Practical Model for Understanding and Helping Students”, followed by an open discussion and light refreshments. Wednesday, Feb. 1, the Light Saber Club will be holding their weekly meeting from 8-10 p.m. in SL cardio cinema room 309A. Attending the club meetings will give members the chance to practice lightsaber duelling with other enthusiasts, as well as the opportunity to learn about choreographing and performing battles. Thursday, Feb. 2, Puro Cuento will be hosting an hour of reading and discussing literary texts written in Spanish at 11 a.m. in CB 310A. Native Spanish speakers and students learning Spanish as...

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Panel: border changes don’t dissolve treaties

DAPL more than a domestic issue Understanding the root cause of violence against peaceful water protectors was the main topic of a panel discussion at Woodbury Art Museum Jan. 17. According to panel member Dustin Jansen, assistant professor of American Indian studies at UVU, one key component is understanding sovereignty of Native tribes. “When the U.S. came in, they made treaties with people living here. Now, you don’t just make treaties with a group of people. You make treaties with a recognized political government entity,” said Jansen. He referred to the treaties signed at Fort Laramie in 1851 and 1868, which drew the borders for the Sioux tribe, where the DAPL is planned to pass through. Attention is being brought to these documents, because the 1868 treaty drew borders which covered less space than the 1851 treaty. The technicality is one argument for the legality of DAPL passing through ancient burial grounds. “But it’s land that we never ceded. And according to the 1851 treaty, even if [borders were changed in the] 1868 treaty, that doesn’t dissolve previous treaties,” said Jansen. He argued that according to the U.S. constitution, treaties are the “highest law in the land,” which means Natives have every right to fight for their land and water. According to Jansen, DAPL cutting through sacred lands was a matter of appeasing white residents of Bismarck. The pipeline...

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Provo rally calls for sustained action to change political climate

Five Provo-based activist organizations rallied to create sustained action between each other and the local community Jan. 5 at the Provo City Library. Devin Willie, former middle school teacher who organized the event, encouraged attendees to make a serious commitment to one or more organizations. “Sometimes we have the idea that activism is going to be easy; that we can like a page, or we can share a post, and that will make a real difference,” said Wille. “I’m worried that we can become very complacent about our activism.” Between the five groups, the rally covered the issues of...

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